• Short Summary

    Laotian Army 'Dakota' aircraft were used to drop supplies in the rugged Sam Neua province, where pro-Communist rebel insurgents are reported being driven out of strongholds they
    captured last week.

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    Laotian Army 'Dakota' aircraft were used to drop supplies in the rugged Sam Neua province, where pro-Communist rebel insurgents are reported being driven out of strongholds they
    captured last week. From Sam Neua the supplies were taken by pack-mules to
    troops fighting between the town and the North-Vietnam border thirty-five miles
    away.

    Remote Laotian outposts are totally dependent on aerial supply drops. VISNEWS
    cameramen August 7 flew in one of these sixteen-year old aircraft on a hazardous
    'air-drop' mission to army posts at Sam Teu and Muonghet, adjacent to the North
    Vietnam border.

    Due to the total absence of communications in this landlocked kingdom, the
    'dropping' aircraft was not informed that the troops had been withdrawn to Sam
    Neua, the provincial capital, so two tons of rice went plummeting down to the
    hungry villagers below.

    An official bulletin issued August 12 in Ventiane, the capital, said the exact
    number of Communist rebel troops infiltrating in northern Laos was "considerably
    exaggerated in the panic of the first few days". It went on; "The Majority of
    competent persons estimate only several hundred partisans were engaged, not
    formed in regular units, but scattered in small groups throughout the country."
    Opinion among western observers is that the activity of Communist-trained
    Laotians who have reentered the kingdom in recent weeks, is aimed at creating
    local uprisings. As tribesmen in the area were under Communist domination until
    18 months ago, they are working on very fertile ground. Many traditionally
    distrust the ruling class of Laos.

    Communist China August 12 issued a "warning" that it considers American
    activities in Laos a threat to its own security, and will firmly oppose them. It
    also declares the Laos situation is a question in which the "United Nations has
    no right at all to intervene, and demands American arms and military personnel
    must be withdrawn from Laos immediately, and all US military bases must be
    demolished." Countering this threat, America insists her "army" in Laos numbers
    less than one hundred, consisting of technical advisers and officials
    responsible for administering economic aid.


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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA20A8KR4ZTIY7N594P17LN6U2E
    Media URN:
    VLVA20A8KR4ZTIY7N594P17LN6U2E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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